- Red Auerbach, 1957
- Tiny Archibald, 1958
- Kentucky Cheerleaders, 1958
Tiny Archibald, 1972
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The following excerpt is from Masters of Contemporary Photography Zimmerman & Kauffman Photographing Sports.
Zimmerman was aksed by an editor at Sports Illustrated to do an essay on baskeball players Julius Erving, Pete Maravich, Willy Wise and Nate Archibald. Each had a unique attribute that made them star play-makers. With the help of the editor Zimmerman defined what it was, but when it came to intrepreting it in pictures he had to rely on his technical skills alone.
Another type of slit camera, manufactured by Panon, does not transport the film past the lens. Instead, as with the Widelux and several other cameras, the lens itself moves. The effect is quite different from all other cameras. Nate (Tiny) Archibald, a relative midget among the giants of the game, survives on his ability to rise to the occasion with a deadly outside shot.
What Zimmerman wanted to create was an impresion of the twisting lower half of Archibald’s body zigging and zagging as he headed up towards the basket. The photographer held the camera vertical and moved it back and forth during the lens sweep, thereby imparting the contorted image of the lower half of Archibald’s body. As he was nearing the basket, Zimmerman steadied the camera. Basket, ball, and the upper torso and head appear undistorted. Seamless paper had to be stretched across the entire background and Zimmerman modified the shutter, slowing it down so as to have more time in which to perform his precise manipulations.
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